A few years ago Penny De Los Santos, a contributing photographer at Saveur Magazine, came to Seattle to teach a class on food photography. My wife and I went to a pre-class gathering to meet Penny and ask her questions about her craft and career. We both love photography and thought this event would be a good opportunity to get some inspiration. It was!
Penny encouraged those of us there to work on unpaid personal projects on a regular basis. What she was saying was that we need to work to strengthen our creative muscles. I walked away from that event inspired and excited to pursue some ideas I had in my head but never put time into.
I hear you asking, “what does this have to do with CAD?” In my opinion, everything.
I have found that there are ways that we can sharpen our observation, planning and communication skills through creative outlets. One way I do this is by challenging myself to look for interesting moments and scenes in my daily life, capture them with my camera and do something creative to communicate a message with the photo. This, like any exercise, can be fun or serious.
Exercises like this can have a direct impact on our paid work. Even though we may not have complete creative freedom on CAD drawings because of standards, improved observation, planning and communication skills do make us better drafters/designers.
Does this resonate with you? If so, I would love to see and hear ways you strengthen your creative muscles.